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MG Dahl ’82 Reunited with Class Ring
5/22/2015

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – On May 19, after 30 years of separation and the help of, Carolyn Coleman, an Oklahoma City native, Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, deputy commanding general, I Corps, was reunited with his United States Military Academy of West Point class ring on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

“I’m glad that it finally found its way back to its rightful owner and where it belongs,” said Coleman. “I actually got a little teary-eyed knowing that he would get his ring back, because who knows what that ring may have meant to him.” Class rings are generally worn to commemorate a student’s graduation, but for some, the rings take on a deeper meaning making them a keepsake.

“I think the West Point ring, for everybody who graduates from West Point, sort of ties you to those formative years,” said Dahl. “That’s when you go from being a 17-year-old in high school to being, in this case, a 21-year-old commissioned officer in the United States Army. An awful lot of change took place during those four years, and it took place at West Point, and that’s what this ring represents.” Read More

Meisell ’75 Honored as 2015 Firefighter of the Year
5/22/2015

David H. Meisell ’75 was Honored as 2015 Firefighter of the Year by the 100 Club. The 100 Club is an organization that provides assistance to dependents of certified peace officers and Firefighters who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty while protecting our lives and property. They also provide law enforcement agencies with life protecting equipment that cannot be secured through budgeted funds; and provide law enforcement with educational opportunities.

As he was heading home on July 30, 2014, Firefighter David H. Meisell was traveling on Highway 71 through Bastrop, when he witnessed several people fleeing from the site of a major accident involving an 18-wheeler and two passenger vehicles. The fuel tank of one of the vehicles burst into flames as the driver of the other vehicle safely escaped on her own, while Firefighter Meisell jumped into action with his fire extinguisher. In his attempts to free the vehicle’s passenger, Meisell had to break the window and pull her to safety. Meisell then attempted to free the driver as the fire quickly progressed, but because the door was jammed and the driver was pinned inside, Meisell and subsequent responders were unable to save the victim, despite repeated and prolonged attempts to do so. As the local fire department arrived on the scene, Meisell, despite having received burns and other injuries, stayed to provide his assistance. He put himself in harm’s way while off duty that night, displaying tremendous courage and heroism.

Knell ’92 Assumes Command of the 14th Military Police Brigade
5/21/2015

The 14th Military Police Brigade is now under the command of Col. Niave Knell, following an assumption-of-command ceremony 5/19/2015 on Gammon Field. Brig. Gen. Mark Spindler, Military Police Corps Regiment chief and U.S. Army Military Police School commandant, officiated over the ceremony. Lt. Col. David McNeill, 795th Military Police Battalion commander, served as interim brigade commander for about a month.

“(Lt. Col. David McNeill) stepped up to the plate without any hesitation,” Spindler said. “There was no loss in momentum and he did the job the way it needed to be done. Thank you for handing the brigade over strong.” Spindler said Knell arrives at Fort Leonard Wood with a great reputation, great resume and a phenomenal record of performance. “You can see by her biography that she has had extensive operational experience both in garrison and in combat,” Spindler said of the new brigade commander. Read More

Class of 1965
5/21/2015

The Class of 1965 is back for its 50th Reunion and has set new benchmarks for class campaigns in both gift size and participation. The Class of 1965 presented its gift of $3,325,000, which is the largest 50th reunion gift ever presented to West Point. It also achieved a new participation record among all class campaigns, with 88% of class members contributing to this class gift.

The Class of 1965’s gift will support and establish the following endowments for Academy and WPAOG programs: the Center for Oral History, the Long Gray Line Endowment, the Bob Jones ’65 Fallen Graduates Memorial Scholarship Endowment; Class of 1965 Maintenance Endowment; the Harry Dermody ’65 Summer Leaders Experience Endowment; and the Harry Dermody ’65 Cadet Public Relations Council Endowment.

Hesse ’45 Places Wreath at Alumni Ceremony
5/21/2015

Retired Col. Richard "Doc" Hesse, Class of 1945 graduate in wheel chair, places a wreath with the help of Cadet First Capt. Austin Welch at Sylvanus Thayer's statue during the Alumni Wreath Laying Ceremony earlier today. The 93-year-old Hesse was the oldest graduate at the ceremony.

Class of 1955
5/21/2015

The Class of 1955 presented its gift of $265,000 during its 60th Reunion at West Point. This class gift supports the West Point Cemetery, and specifically three sections of the Columbaria Wall.Thanks to the Class of 1955, along with several other classes that have contributed to this project, the West Point Cemetery will increase its capacity and ensure that many more members of the Long Gray Line can rest peacefully with their loved and fellow classmates.

Thayer Room Dedicated to President Ramos ’50
5/20/2015

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos became the latest West Point alumnus to be honored with a room dedicated to his name at the Thayer Hotel in West Point, N.Y. on May 17th, 2015. Ramos said, “Here is an honor, not just for me, but for our country, because not everybody is given this honor, and we are not last here in the US Military Academy Class of 1950”

A West Point graduate in 1950, General Ramos became the 12th president and commander in chief of the Republic of the Philippines in June 1992. Daniel Rice, president and co-founder of Thayer Hotel said, “We wanted to name the rooms not only after famous generals who fought for peace, but also for incredible leaders that had been created by West Point.”

West Point has produced U.S. presidents, foreign heads of state, warrior leaders, and renowned astronauts such as Buzz Aldrin. But only the most accomplished and distinguished of graduates of the military academy can have a room named in the their honor. The walls of the Ramos suite are adorned with photos of the former president, handpicked by Ramos himself. Read More

Adams ’01 to Direct Feature Thriller Starring Bruce Willis
5/20/2015

Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films has teamed with Herrick Entertainment on Precious Cargo, an action thriller that Bruce Willis will star in, with Max Adams directing a screenplay he wrote based on his 2008 short film. The feature will be distributed through Grindstone/Lionsgate - it is the first film in a 10-pic deal set by E/F/O and Lionsgate–and Highland Film Group will sell the foreign at Cannes. E/F/O’s Randall Emmett & George Furla will produce with Herrick’s Norton Herrick, and Scott Mann & James Edward Barker of Mann Made Films.

Set in a world of double crossing professional thieves, Willis plays Eddie, a crime boss trying to score the profits from another crook’s heist. The pic will shoot in Biloxi, Mississippi. It continues a relationship between Willis an E/F/O that also includes the just-wrapped thriller Extraction, and an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel Bandits. Read More

Class of 1970
5/19/2015

WPAOG thanks the Class of 1970 for presenting its gift of $1.3 million in support of the Class of 1970 National Conference for Ethics in America. This conference brings together undergraduates from around the country to think critically about ethical issues in collegiate communities and professional career fields. Working with mentors from diverse backgrounds, students are given the opportunity to develop key analytical skills and develop an ethical framework that will help guide them in their future endeavors.

MAJ Karanikolas ’02 assumes command of the 314th CSSB
5/19/2015

SLOAN, Nev. – Maj. Leopold Karanikolas, a Las Vegas native, United States Military Academy, West Point, 2002 graduate and Las Vegas Metropolitan police officer, assumed command of the 314th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion from Lt. Col. Julie Aksamit, who has led the unit for the past two years, at the George W. Dunaway Army Reserve Center in Sloan, Nevada, May 17.

Karanikolas enlisted in the Army in 1996 as an operations system analyst. He attended the U.S. Military Preparatory School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, before appointment to West Point, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a major in International Strategic History.

The ceremony began with the traditional ceremonial pageantry. The standing units were summoned to order arms. The audience stood for the Presentation of the Colors and Honors, and the units were brought to present arms, then to parade rest. These displays of uniformity were executed with discipline and precision. Read More

CPT McDougall ’00 Publishes Book on Personal Experience
5/18/2015

FORT BENNING, Ga. – On a drive home from a major training exercise, Capt. John McDougall, 2nd Ranger Battalion chaplain, gave thanks in prayer for the safety of his Rangers over the previous weeks, and realized that his recent experiences had a basis for a book.

“As I drove up the Cascade Mountains, I started thinking about how much my Rangers resembled Jesus – selflessly willing to give their lives for other,” McDougall said. “God took this simple thought and then inspired me to write an entire allegory about how Jesus was like an Airborne Ranger.”

McDougall, a United States Military Academy graduate, recently published Jesus was an Airborne Ranger, a faith-based illustration of the warrior ethos of Jesus Christ’s ministry in relation to the mentality and characteristics of the members of the 75th Ranger Regiment. Read More

Lochner ’79 Offers Missing Piece to Entrepreneurs
5/18/2015

May is Small Business Appreciation Month and small business president and college professor Rick Lochner is offering to entrepreneurs and business professionals what some might say is the missing piece to success. This month, he is releasing his latest book. “The Missing Piece for Entrepreneurs – Achieving Sustainable Growth through Business Alignment” provides direction to entrepreneurial businesses looking for sustainable progress.

“I wrote this book because I see too many entrepreneurs and small business owners talking around, or speaking to, business alignment in vague terms, as if it were only something that larger businesses have to worry about.”

The book, integrates the stories of three separate entrepreneurs who, in actuality, are composites of the entrepreneurs and small business owners with whom Lochner has worked over the last twenty-five years. Readers will relate to these stories based on real people, real organizations and real events.

“In essence, this is a book about the entrepreneurial leadership required to achieve business alignment because it is through effective leadership that sustainable business growth occurs.”

After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Lochner spent more than 30 years as a success leader in the military, Fortune 100, entrepreneurial and non-profit sectors, He aims to make leadership a way of life for himself and others.

“Since the first time I met Rick Lochner, I sensed he was far from the typical businessman. From the way he carried himself, to how he communicated to how he guided his clients, Rick had an ethos that I had a hard time deconstructing. Then I read this book!” said Joe Abraham, professional entrepreneur and founder of BOSI Global.

A small business owner himself, Lochner is president and CEO of RPC Leadership Associates, Inc. (Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce 2014 Small Business of the Year Award nominee). He is an accomplished leadership coach, keynote speaker and a visiting professor at Keller Graduate School of Management. Additionally, he leads the nationally-recognized Leadership Institute of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Lochner is also the author of “I’m Just Sayin’… Revelations for Making Leadership a Way of Life” and “The Missing Piece – Achieving Sustainable Success through Business Alignment.”

Chantilly-Based WP Alumni Glee Club Honoring Fellow Veterans
5/15/2015

For the last 10 years, a national nonprofit organization called the Honor Flight Network has been flying World War II and other military war veterans into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) so they can visit the memorials that stand in their honor. When they land, they are greeted at the gate by the Chantilly-based West Point Alumni Glee Club, which sings patriotic songs as the veterans disembark. The club will soon perform military songs a capella for the 400th honor flight arriving at DCA from Indiana on May 20.

The Glee Club, made up of 65 local members who are all graduates from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point spanning from graduation years 1949 to 2006, were all members of the military institute’s Glee Club and average nearly 20 years of active duty service. Seventy-five percent of the club’s members are combat veterans themselves.

Terrance C. Ryan, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and Vietnam War veteran, is one of the club’s founders.

“In July 2007, about 160 graduates of West Point, from the classes of 1952 through 2001, gathered for the first ever Glee Club Reunion Concert at West Point,” he said. “We soon realized that about 60 of those graduates lived right here in Northern Virginia and the Metro D.C. area, so we decided to form our own local club.” Full Story »

Astronaut & 2016 ISS Commander Kimbrough ’89 Speaks to Cadets
5/14/2015

Retired Col. and current astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough, USMA Class of 1989, spoke to cadets April 27 at the Red Reeder Room in Washington Hall. Kimbrough spoke for about a half hour on the qualities of leadership hosted by the Stevens Leadership Development Speakers Series with another half hour opened to questions.

The Stevens Leadership Development Speakers Series is designed to bring in leaders from military and civilian industries to engage in a conversation about leadership with a select group of USMA cadets.

“We pin-point leadership development issues and invite speakers, who are always West Point graduates, to give advice,” Class of 2015 Cadet Frank Chen, cadet-in-charge, said. “They all have a cadet background. Kimbrough, as an astronaut will bring in a different perspective.” Read More

Coach K ’69 Gives Awards for Teaching Character Through Sport
5/14/2015

The ninth annual Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski Award for Excellence in Teaching Character Through Sport awards were presented to three coaches and three cadet athletes May 1, at the Cadet Mess Hall. The award, sponsored by the West Point Department of Physical Education (DPE), recognizes West Point athletes and coaches (sport educators) for their outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership.

This year’s awards, a certificate and medal, were presented by Duke Men's Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski, a 1969 USMA graduate and former Army basketball player and coach, to an athlete and coach in each sport category within the Corps of Cadets – Intercollegiate Athletics, Competitive Club Athletics and Company Athletics. Read More

McChrystal ’76 Speaks to War Council on Leadership, Geopolitics
5/14/2015

The Department of Military Instruction’s Defense and Strategic Studies Program hosted retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a USMA Class of 1976 graduate, to a War Council in Washington Hall April 17, where he spoke to a packed audience of cadets, staff, faculty and USMA leadership.

The DSS War Council series was established to be a multi-disciplinary, academic and professional forum to discuss and consider modern and future warfare. The event allows speakers to express their opinions within their specific disciplines on current and relevant topics while opening up the forum for questions. Read More

Dr. Robie ’81 Leads Team to Separate Conjoined Twins
5/14/2015

Carter and Conner, conjoined twin boys born Dec. 12, 2014, in Jacksonville, Fla., underwent a successful separation surgery on May 7, 2015. The 12-hour surgery began at 7:11 a.m., led by a team of highly skilled pediatric specialists that included Daniel Robie, MD, chief of pediatric general surgery, and Nicholas Poulos, MD, pediatric general surgeon, for Nemours Children’s Specialty Care and Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The boys were separated at 3:34 p.m.

Conner’s surgery was finished at 6:29 p.m. and he was transferred from OR 8 to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Wolfson Children’s Hospital at 6:52 pm. Carter’s surgery ended at 6:47 p.m. and he was transferred to the PICU at 7:14 p.m. to join his brother. Watch the video of this amazing story.

The separation involved a 17-member surgical care team (blue for Carter, green for Conner and white for surgical support), including Stephen Dunn, MD, Division Chief of Solid Organ Transplant, for Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., who travelled to Jacksonville to assist the team in separating Conner and Carter’s fused livers. Full Story »

Deering ’93 Named Chair of OB/GYN at Hebert School of Medicine
5/12/2015

Bethesda, Md (May 11, 2015) - Army COL (Dr.) Shad Deering will be the next chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), according to announcement today by School of Medicine dean Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH.

Deering, a board-certified perinatologist who currently serves as assistant dean for Simulation Education in the School of Medicine at USU and the deputy Medical Director for the University’s Val G Hemming Simulation Center, will succeed Air Force Col. (Dr.) Christopher Zahn, who retired earlier this year to become the Vice President for Practice Activities at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. As chair, Deering will oversee the academic activities of a department that teaches medical students, conducts research and supports USU faculty working in military treatment facilities stretching from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., to Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Read More

Morris ’86 Joins Seagate as Executive Vice President
5/11/2015

CUPERTINO, Calif., May 11, 2015 -- Seagate Technology, announced that Jim Morris has joined Seagate as executive vice president, product lines, quality, and market operations. Morris, who has held various senior technology positions and most recently was a group president at Harris Corporation, is assuming leadership of these functions effective Monday, May 11.

“We’re excited Jim is joining us to lead this strategic function for the global organization,” said Rocky Pimentel, president, global markets and customers. “Jim is a focused and highly capable addition to the senior leadership team and his depth and breadth of experience will benefit us in a time of change and opportunity for Seagate.”

Prior to Harris Corporation, he spent 11 years at Western Digital, holding leadership positions in a number of critical functions. These ranged from leading corporate development to managing the notebook, client, and enterprise businesses and culminated in his role as executive vice president and general manager, storage products. Earlier in his career, Jim served as a U.S. Army captain and intelligence officer and received a Bronze Star during Operation Desert Storm. Read More

Warren 1850, to be Honored at Kent Park, Putnam County
5/11/2015

PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. -- Four Sheriff's Office patrol boats will be christened with the names of four local war heroes at a ceremony that will be held on 5-14-2015. The ceremony will take place at Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park at 7 p.m. The park is off Gipsy Trail Road in Kent. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Army MG Gouverneur K. Warren is best-known as “The Hero of Little Round Top” for his organizing of a hasty last-minute defense of that tactically important hilltop at the Civil War battle of Gettysburg. He was a graduate of West Point and lived in Cold Spring.

“The four honorees all served their country with great devotion, bravely and heroically; it is most fitting that that we honor these outstanding sons of Putnam County in this way,” said Sheriff Donald B. Smith, a retired Army brigadier general. Read More

GEN(R) McChrystal ’76 - New Book, Team of Teams
5/11/2015

Gen. (Ret.) Stan McChrystal’s book, Team of Teams, was recently published by Portfolio. Co-authored with former Navy SEALs Dave Silverman and Chris Fussell, the book studies his experiences leading Special Operations forces in a rapidly changing environment.

After taking charge of Joint Special Operations Command, McChrystal realized his forces were losing. He and his team found success by transforming their organization from an efficient, static bureaucracy into a more flexible, adaptive network capable of beating back Al Qaeda.

The book, underpinned with academic research, shows how the challenges they faced in Iraq can be relevant to countless businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations. It dives into how the world has become more complex, why traditional organizational models do not work, and how they discovered that the agility of small teams should be scaled to the enterprise level to create a “team of teams.”

Coleman ’73, Vice President of Officiating at Pac-12
5/8/2015

SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference has hired David Coleman to lead a new model for its officiating programs. Coleman joins the Pac-12 as the Vice President of Officiating after serving as the Director of Officiating for the National Football League since 2010. In this newly created full-time role with the Conference, Coleman is responsible for overseeing the football officiating program and developing comprehensive best practice programs, training, consistency, and accountability across all other Pac-12 officiating programs.

"The quality and integrity of officiating is paramount to successful competition across all sports,” said Commissioner Scott. “For this reason, we are breaking the mold by creating a full-time position to work with our entire officiating operation. David’s proven track record on and off the field will help us elevate our game to an even higher level as we seek to set the standard for quality across all fields of competition." Coleman’s football experience includes on the field officiating and the recent officiating and operations role at the NFL. At the NFL, he oversaw the Officiating Development Program to ensure a consistent pipeline of new talent and established and managed the Advanced Development Program, which integrated college football officials into NFL Game Official training. Read More

Tyson ’74 Named to Tyme, Inc. Board of Directors
5/7/2015

Mr. Tim Tyson is currently President of Alkaloida Chemical Company Zrt, which manufactures and distributes pharmaceutical ingredients, pharmaceutical finished products, and synthetic intermediates. He brings more than 30-years of pharmaceutical industry experience to Tyme. Mr. Tyson previously served as CEO for companies including Caldera Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Aptuit. He also served as President of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and President of Global Manufacturing and Supply for GlaxoSmithKline plc. Mr. Tyson serves as a Director on the Boards of numerous pharmaceutical, industry, academic and not-for-profit organizations.

Mr. Tyson is a 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served as an Officer in the United States Army from 1974 to 1979 and spent 14 years in the United States Army Reserves. In 2002, he received a Bicentennial Leadership Award from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Mr. Tyson received a Master in Business Administration and Master in Public Administration from Jacksonville State University in 1979 and 1976 respectively and, in 2007, was the university named him its Alumnus of the Year. Read More

Gulotta ’81 Named Chief Operating Officer of Continuant
5/6/2015

FIFE, WA - Continuant, a global Unified Communications and Managed Services provider, today announced the promotion of Gasper Gulotta to Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Gulotta, who will manage day-to-day operations for the 300+ employee organization, joined the company in 2013 as Vice President of Operations. He was formerly Vice President of Defense Solutions and Services for ITT in Herndon, VA, and also worked at Telecommunications Systems of Annapolis, MD.

Prior to working in the private sector, Gulotta was a Brigade Commander, leading six battalions in aviation, transportation, and logistics to ensure the readiness of military units for combat. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Gulotta mobilized the Brigade and supervised the readiness assessment and deployment of more than 30,000 troops into Iraq. He was also Defense Coordinating Officer supporting FEMA in the Central United States, responsible for Department of Defense emergency preparedness planning in that region. Read More

CPT Hawk ’97, MAJ Hawk ’99 to be Inducted in the Academic Hall of Fame
5/4/2015

CPT Heath A. Hawk graduated from the USMA in 1997 with a bachelor of science degree in Russian and Spanish. He graduated in the top 10% of his graduating class with academic honors. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Army as an infantry officer. Heath successfully completed the U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger schools and began his active duty service as a platoon leader. He served in the Republic of Korea as well as part of the NATO stabilization force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 2002, Heath left the Army to attend law school at the University of Kansas. He received his Juris Doctor in 2005 and graduated in the top 10% of his class.

MAJ Jerrod E. Hawk spent one year at Marion Military Institute in Alabama. The following year he received a Congressional nomination and acceptance to attend USMA. Jerrod graduated in 1999 with a bachelor of science degree in management and leadership and a minor in systems engineering. As a cadet, he was recognized with the General John H. Forney Historical Society Award for achieving the highest military grade in his second year and the Superintendent’s award for excellence in academics, leadership, and physical fitness. Upon graduation, Jerrod was commissioned an Armor 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. Over the past 16 years, Maj. Hawk has served in numerous assignments including two tours in Korea, and two deployments to Afghanistan. Read More

Naeyaert ’79 New Port Huron City Engineer
5/4/2015

Port Huron has hired a new city engineer and director of public works to replace retiring Bob Clegg. City Manager James Freed said Lennie Naeyaert will start the job May 18. Clegg is retiring June 1 after 16 years with the city. Naeyaert has a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy. Before accepting the positions in Port Huron, he was employed as a supervisory project manager for the General Services Administration in Washington D.C.

Naeyaert said he grew up in Michigan and still has family in the state. “It’s coming home is what it is,” he said. Naeyaert said when he saw the job opening in Port Huron, he couldn’t pass it up. “This is the best job in the world,” he said. “I’ve been a city engineer and public works director before...Working for a city, you’re as close to the people you serve as in any job,” he said. “It’s an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.” Read More

Martinez ’86 Named University of Mary Harden-Baylor VP
5/1/2015

BELTON - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton named a new vice president for campus planning and support services Thursday. Rick Martinez, who has served as director of UMHB’s physical plant since June 2011, overseeing facilities and grounds maintenance, will assume the post on Friday.

Martinez served for five years in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of captain. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986 and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2014. Read More

Lingley ’89 Named Edward Jones Principal
5/1/2015

Troy Lingley, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Brownsburg, Ind., for the past 23 years, has been named a principal with the firm’s holding company, The Jones Financial Companies, LLLP. He was one of only 45 individuals chosen from more than 41,000 associates across the United States and Canada to join the firm’s 341 principals.
Lingley graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1989 and is a veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm, where he served as a field artillery officer in the Army. He also holds the Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS®) professional designation.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015, is headquartered in St. Louis. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

LTG Anderson ’81 and His Command to Premier on DIRECTV
4/30/2015

A DocuSeries on LTG Joe Anderson ‘81 and his command in Afghanistan will premier on 19 May on DIRECTV. For over three months, producer Ricky Schroder, followed LTG Anderson and his units as they completed the ‘last combat’ missions in Afghanistan leading up to the national elections. Ricky, famous for his work in Silver Spoons and Lonesome Dove, became friends with LTG Anderson and gained unprecedented access to operations. Three story-lines over the six episodes follow efforts to catch a insurgent code named Arctic Fox, operations by the Spartan Brigade of 10th Mountain Division, and Afghan advising by a West Point Professor with the Kabul Police.

The West Point Board of Living Superintendents
4/29/2015

Five out of the six living West Point superintendents took to the Eisenhower Hall stage on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, to partake in a panel discussion titled “Years of a Century Told,” which was hosted by the Class of 1965 and attended by the Class of 2015. Colonel Ty Seidule, Professor and Head of the Department of History, opened the evening by connecting this year’s graduating class to the Class of 1965, its 50-Year Affiliation Class, and then connecting that class to the Class of 1915, which held its 50-Year Class Reunion during ’65’s Grad Week. Seidule told the firsties in attendance, “Today, we are here to link 100 years of West Point graduates to your service and to pass the guidon of leadership to a new generation--your generation.”

The panel was moderated by Chris Wallace, anchor of “Fox News Sunday,” who asked the superintendents about the challenges West Point has faced over the years and the changes they made while they held the role, addressing specific topics such as the introduction of women to the Academy, West Point’s diversity initiatives, the rise of discretionary punishment in Honor Code violations and West Point’s relevancy to the Army and the nation.

The superintendents often punctuated their answers with personal anecdotes that seemed to resonate with the audience. For example, LTG (R) Franklin L. Hagenbeck ’71 told the story of attending the funeral of 1LT Laura Walker ’03, the first female West Point graduate killed in Afghanistan, and hearing the Glee Club sing “The Corps.” “When I heard them sing, ‘We sons of today, we salute you. You sons of an earlier day;’ it was clear to me that something needed to change, given that it had been 30 years since women were admitted to West Point,” Hagenbeck said. Full Story »

For photos from this event, visit: https://flic.kr/s/aHska4DXZU

Hill ’07 Joins Lehigh Valley IronPigs
4/28/2015

Nick Hill 07-Digital Photographic ImagingALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Nick Hill, a former Army West Point baseball player from the Class of 2007, recently resumed his professional career with the Philadelphia Phillies organization as a member of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Hill signed a minor league free-agent contract with the Phillies this spring and pitched twice in Spring Training. He began the 2015 season on the disabled list and remained in Clearwater, Fla., prior to being activated by the Triple-A affiliate on April 23.

The Lehigh Valley relief pitcher has appeared in two games so far, and has allowed six hits and two earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. Hill has two strikeouts and has issued three walks. Hill made his debut against the Buffalo Bisons and gave up one run in two innings, before pitching against the Durham Bulls on April 27. He surrendered one run in 2 1/3 innings. Read More

Kane ’94, Wendy's New Chief Concept Officer
4/28/2015

Kane ’94, Wendy's New Chief Concept OfficerDUBLIN, Ohio, The Wendy's Company announced the appointment of Kurt Kane, to the newly created position of Chief Concept Officer, responsible for all North America Marketing and Innovation efforts for the Wendy's® brand, effective May 4. Kane will report to President and CEO Emil Brolick and serve as a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Most recently, Kane served as Global Chief Marketing and Food Innovation Officer at Pizza Hut, Inc. In this role, he was responsible for the development of the strategic direction for Pizza Hut, as well as the execution of advertising, media planning, and product innovation across 13,600 restaurants in 87 countries. Kane started his tenure with Pizza Hut in 2008 as VP of Marketing, and held roles of increasing responsibility, including VP of National Marketing and Communications, and U.S. Chief Marketing Officer. Read More

Memoir of Cavalieri ’71, A Portrait of Love and Honor
4/28/2015

Based on a true story, A Portrait of Love and Honor takes the reader from the halls of the United States Military Academy at West Point during the Vietnam War to a moving love story between two people destined to meet. It is based on the memoir of John M. Cavalieri, Class of 1971.

It has been described by New York Times bestselling author, West Point graduate, and former Green Beret Bob Mayer as: “A revealing and authentic look into a cadet's life at West Point against the backdrop of America's social upheaval of the late 60s and early 70s . . . and an inspiring love story about two people who help make each other's dreams come true.”

Greenbaum ’97 Promoted to COO at Safeguard Properties
4/24/2015

Michael Greenbaum has been promoted to chief operating officer (COO) at national asset management firm Safeguard Properties. Greenbaum, who previously served as vice president of operations, joined Safeguard in 2010. Prior to that, he held senior management and executive positions with Erico, Accel Inc. and McMaster-Carr. He also served in the U.S. Army, Ordinance Branch, specializing in supply chain management. He is a distinguished graduate of West Point where he majored in quantitative economics.

As COO, Greenbaum will continue to support Safeguard's clients and oversee the company's extensive vendor network. In addition, he will maintain responsibility for operational excellence, driving Safeguard's internal operations processes and procedures to further increase efficiency, effectiveness and compliance. Story

Jung ’08, Miller ’08 Trying to Cultivate Peace Through Saffron
4/23/2015

When you think of saffron, dark red strands from Spain or Iran may come to mind. But the delicate spice, one of the most expensive and labor-intensive in the world, grows well in another country long plagued by conflict: Afghanistan.

Rumi Spice, a small, enterprising company in Brighton, Mass., is trying to build an Afghan saffron connection for lovers of the spice in the U.S., and cultivate peace through trade.

Behind Rumi Spice is a group of veterans, including USMA grads Kimberly Jung ’08 and Emily Miller ’08 who served in Afghanistan who are now business school students, a lawyer, an Afghan water specialist and farmers the vets met while serving there.

The idea for the fledgling company came about in March 2013, Jung was chatting with a fellow vet named Keith Alaniz. Alaniz told her about how when serving in Afghanistan, he met a local saffron farmer who had a warehouse full of the valuable spice, with no buyers lined up overseas. 

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Barrett ’07 Creates Sockwork Business to Support Vets
4/23/2015

Texas native Mario Barrett ’07 is working hard to support veterans, but not in the way you might expect. His occupational specialty? Socks.

The 31-year-old runs the day-to-day operations for Sockwork, whose motto is “Socks With A Purpose.” Sockwork is a monthly sock subscription that Barrett and his wife started in February 2014 as a way to start a business and donate back to charities that support veteran causes. They devote their time to communicating with non-profits, handling customer service and packing socks for delivery.

Barrett says his time in the military gave him the opportunity to lead some of the best men and women he has ever met. “Every soldier I had the pleasure of working with taught me something new. I’ve taken all of these lessons with me today to help shape the person I’ve become,” Barrett tells Task & Purpose. Read More

MAJ Hull ’02 Awarded Soldier's Medal for Daring Water Rescue
4/23/2015

CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — A 2nd Infantry Division aviation officer, Maj. Richard E. Hull ’02 who leapt into an out-of-control boat to save five people from drowning has been awarded the Soldier’s Medal. On leave from a tour to South Korea, Maj. Richard Hull, 35, of St. Petersburg, Fla., set out last Sept. 2 in a friend’s boat on a fishing trip from Nantucket Harbor, Mass. As they headed for open water, the pair spied a small, inflatable, hard-bottom boat approaching an opening in a rock jetty. The vessel struck the jetty, and three men and two women were flung into the water, Hull said.

“They were calling for help, and their boat was going around in circles with the engine running,” he recalled. To everyone’s horror, the pilotless boat nearly struck the people in the water, Hull said. “The adrenalin was similar to being in Iraq,” said the veteran of two desert deployments. Thinking fast, Hull’s friend, John Perone, maneuvered his boat to slow the stricken craft, allowing Hull to leap into it and bring it under control. Hull then maneuvered the inflatable boat to rescue the people in the water. He stayed aboard, bailing water, while the Coast Guard arrived and towed it to shore. Performing the rescue was similar to flying a Black Hawk, Hull said. Full Story »

BG Daniel L. Karbler ’87 Promoted to Major General
4/22/2015

Brigadier General Daniel L. Karbler ’87 enjoys remarks by Lieutenant General (Ret) Robert P. Lennox ’77 during his promotion ceremony to Major General on April 20, 2015 at Fort Belvoir, VA. He is currently Director, Joint and Integration, Headquarters Department of the Army, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8. Major General Karbler served as the Commanding General, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Shafter, HI and Commandant, Army Air Defense School, Fort Sill, OK. Among his assignments, he served as Architecture and Concepts Branch Officer, Joint Theater Air Missile Defense Organization, J-8 on the Joint Staff. His overseas tours include Germany, Israel, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Major General Karbler has M.S. degrees from Benedictine College (Business Administration) and the National Defense University (National Security and Strategic Studies). He worked for Lieutenant General (Ret) Lennox as his Brigade S-3 when he commanded the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Bliss, TX and when Lennox was Deputy Commanding General there. Lieutenant General (Ret) Lennox was Principal Deputy Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8.

Photo Credit: Marla Hurtado

 

BG John G. Ferrari ’87 Promoted to Major General
4/21/2015

Brigadier General John G. Ferrari '87 was promoted to Major General on April 17, 2015 at a ceremony in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes. Presiding over the ceremony was General (Ret) Benjamin S. Griffin. He is currently assigned as the Director of Army Program Analysis and Evaluation, Headquarters Department of the Army, Deputy Chief of Staff G-8. Major General Ferrari previously served as the Commanding General of the White Sands Missile Range and was Deputy Commander for Programs in the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan. In addition to serving in Afghanistan, his overseas tours include Germany, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Major General Ferrari served in the National Security Division of the Office of Management and Budget and from July 1996 to June 1999 was an Instructor, later Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at USMA. He earned an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. General (Ret) Griffin commanded both the 4th Infantry Division and the Army Materiel Command (AMC). Major General Ferrari and General Griffin worked together in the Army G-8 and at AMC. 

Photo Credit: Shameka Pollard

GEN Martin Dempsey ’74 will be 2015 Commencement Speaker
4/21/2015

WEST POINT – West Point’s commencement address this year will be delivered by one of its graduates. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a member of the West Point Class of 1974, will be the speaker at this year’s graduation ceremony, scheduled for May 23. About 1,000 cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army at that ceremony. Dempsey became chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Oct. 1, 2011, after serving about five months as the Army’s chief of staff. Read More

Seymour ’86 Honored with 2015 Nuts & Bolts Award
4/20/2015

FORT WORTH, Texas, Airline trade group Airlines for America honored American Airlines executive David Seymour with the Engineering, Maintenance and Material Council 2015 Nuts and Bolts Award, which recognizes exceptional service contributions in commercial aviation engineering or maintenance. Seymour, American's senior vice president, Technical Operations, received the award, now in its 49th year, at the annual MRO Americas Conference in Miami Beach, Fla. Seymour was this year's winner in the individual airline category.

"David was selected on the strength of his nomination and his reputation in the industry," said Robert Ireland, Managing Director, Engineering and Maintenance for A4A. "The EMMC had many great nominations this year, however, we were really impressed that David helped bring together two teams from two different airlines, all while improving operational performance and continuing to remain focused on safety." Read More

Alumni Soccer Reunion
4/20/2015

Please join us, April 25th, as you get an opportunity to meet our staff and current players, as well as reconnect with old teammates and friends of Army Women’s Soccer! Please see the agenda for the list of scheduled events. After the completion of the MSOC Spring Match, all alumni are welcomed to play at their own risk, along with current ORs, players, and staff. We will have an ATC on site to assist with taping, bumps, bruises, ice, or other minor needs and to assist in an emergency situation. After the conclusion of the match, Alumni/familes of, ORs, players and staff are encouraged to mingle at a BBQ at our outdoor BBQ. We know you will enjoy getting to know the current team as we have a tremendous group of cadet-athletes. The generous support of alumni and friends of Army Women's Soccer continues to have a direct impact on the success of the players on the fields of friendly strife. More Info and Registration

Townes ’75 Named Chairman of SCAerospace
4/15/2015

Steve Townes of Greenville has been named chairman of SCAerospace, a private-sector leadership group organized by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness and the South Carolina Department of Commerce. He will serve a two-year term as chairman.

“Businesses serving a common industry naturally cluster in a geographic location, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing with aerospace in South Carolina,” said Ann Marie Stieritz, president and CEO of the SC Council on Competitiveness. “Proactive leadership is crucial to promoting the industry cluster, accelerating innovation and growing markets. Steve’s energy and expertise will do just that for aerospace in South Carolina.”

Townes is an aerospace entrepreneur and industry leader with thirty-five years in the aerospace sector.“Steve Townes is a respected, dynamic leader in the aerospace world and is the perfect fit to be founding chairman of SCAerospace,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. Read More

BG Carr ‘83 Next Adjutant General of Indiana National Guard
4/14/2015

Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence has selected Brigadier General Courtney P. Carr to become the Adjutant General of Indiana upon the retirement of Major General R. Martin Umbarger on May 31, 2015. “With more than three decades of devoted military service, Brigadier General Courtney P. Carr’s background and expertise make him an unmatched choice for Indiana’s Adjutant General,” said Governor Pence. “I am confident his leadership and vision will serve well the more than 14,000 men and women who make up the Indiana National Guard.” General Carr began his career in 1983 upon commissioning as a Regular Army officer from the United State Military Academy at West Point. From 1991 to 2011, General Carr served in a variety of roles around Indiana as a member of the Indiana National Guard. During this time, his service included serving as Commander of the 1st Battalion of the 151st Infantry, where he led several hundred soldiers and deployed with them to Bosnia just after 9/11 in February of 2002.  Read More

Founders Day Around the World
4/14/2015

From the Cadet Mess at our "Rockbound Highland Home" to Kabul, Afghanistan, from Bagram to Washington, DC, from the Middle East to Colombia, and all over the U.S., West Point Cadets, Graduates and Societies came together in March to celebrate Founders Day and the 213th Anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Traditionally, each group hears from a guest speaker, and listens to remarks from the oldest and youngest grads present, who then cut the celebratory cake. Many societies observe the tradition of leaving an empty chair for fallen comrades. Everyone sings the "Alma Mater" and "The Corps." Every heart in gray remembers.

Photo: WPS of New York Founders Day 2015: Archie Elam '76 (center) shares a laugh with Medal of Honor Recipients Paul Bucha '65 (left) and COL(R) Jack Jacobs (right)

WWII Book Inspired by the Class of ’41
4/14/2015

Bataan. North Africa. Sicily. Omaha Beach. The Ardennes. West Point 41: The Class That Went to War and Shaped America is an uplifting story of ordinary young men in extraordinary times, in extraordinary places, who graduated directly into the teeth of battle and displayed unwavering leadership, honor, duty, and determination. From Sandy Nininger, awarded the first Medal of Honor of World War II for his actions leading Philippine Scouts in the early days of the war, to Charlie Fletcher, Ed Rowny, Paul Skowronek, Herb Stern, and dozens of others who quickly found themselves leading companies, battalions, and regiments, these young officers struggled with the fog and terror of war and early command.

In a postwar era of unprecedented military latitude, they helped shape defense strategy, led development of America’s rocket programs, and created the theory and practice of helicopter airmobile combat that came to dominate in Vietnam. In Europe, Asia, and with the Soviets, 41ers practiced diplomacy and tradecraft as architects of American Cold War policy. All the while, they clung tightly to tenets of duty and moral courage inculcated at West Point: often tested, but holding firm to the bonds that make up the “Long Gray Line.”

Pictured is COL Henry Bodson ’41, now age 97, holding his humble bounty captured from Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest” mountain chalet.

McMillian ’92 Hired as the VP of Spray Foam Products
4/9/2015

ARLINGTON, Texas, ] -- Demilec, one of North America'slargest manufacturers of spray foam insulation and polyurea products, has named William McMillian Vice President of Spray Foam Products. In this position, McMillian will work to drive growth and profitability in Demilec's core business of building insulation.

"As our spray foam products continue to be a proven energy-efficient, eco-friendly solution for homeowners and businesses, the demand for our product is increasing rapidly. With his well-rounded leadership experience, William will take charge of this growing market by shaping product growth to influence value and profitability," said Zain Mahmood, President and CEO at Demilec.

With more than 15 years' experience in business development and leadership, McMillian was most recently Senior Director of National Accounts and Business Development at MSC Industrial Supply Company, one of the largest retailers of industrial products in the U.S. He's also held leadership positions at General Electric, the multinational appliance corporation, for over 15 years. Read More

22nd Annual Alumni Golf Outing!
4/9/2015

The 22nd Annual Alumni Golf Outing is 11-13 June 2015.

Reconnect with alumni, former classmates, and your alma mater. 

Includes two rounds of golf, all meals, a boat cruise, and some great prizes!

All graduates and guests are invited​​​​​​.

Photo Right: Last years Gray Jacket winner Ritchy Vidmar

Photo Left: 2014 Alumni Golf Outing Group Photo

For information and a schedule of events please see the Alumni Golf Outing webpage, or click the link below for a printable PDF.

Schedule of Events

Click here to register

Registration closes 1 June

Like last year, there are several options for those who cannot participate in the entire event:

  1. Welcome dinner on Thursday and golf on Friday. Includes breakfast and lunch at the golf course.
  2. Golf on Friday, boat ride, and dinner on Friday. Includes breakfast and lunch at the golf course.
  3. Golf on Friday or Saturday. Includes breakfast and lunch at the golf course.

Unfortunately, the Cadet Barracks are not available. Click this link below for other lodging options in the area.

Ragsdale ’81 Joins Texas A&M as a Professor of Practice
4/8/2015

Dr. Daniel Ragsdale ’81 has joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering's faculty at Texas A&M University as a professor of practice. He comes to the department from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he has served as program manager since 2011. During his time at DARPA, he managed a $175 million research and development portfolio of classified and unclassified programs that addressed a diverse array of topics including cybersecurity, psychology, education, and training. In recognition of his DARPA service, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, the highest decoration for non-career federal employees. Read More

Class of ’86 Grads Lead Soldiers Fundraiser in Houston
4/8/2015

Cannon '86, Guzzi '86, & Picciuto '86 Lead the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fundraiser in Houston. While Black-ish star Anthony Anderson served as master of ceremonies, it was Army Chief of Staff GEN Raymond T. Odierno, who delivered the compelling message of the importance of providing meaningful assistance to soldiers and their families. McHugh's daughter, Kelly McHugh, gave a moving presentation on her father who served as an Army aviator for 24 years.

Photo: Picciuto’86 thanking GEN Ray Odierno ’76 after his keynote address.

Additional important military figures in the house were Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Gary L. Littrell, retired Army Command Sergeant Major; Folds of Honor founder MAJ Dan RooneyMarcus Luttrell, retired Navy Seal and subject of Lone Survivor and retired COL Miguel Howe, director of Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. Read More

Founders Day in Afghanistan
4/8/2015

U.S. Forces Afghanistan officers and civilians who graduated from West Point-U.S. Military Academy, gather at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan to celebrate Founder’s Day 2015. West Point Grad COL Douglas Crissman '88, U.S. Forces Afghanistan Deputy, Deputy Commander-Support, was the highest ranking active duty Soldier at the event. The oldest and youngest graduates were chosen to cut the cake, their graduation dates were separated by 42 years.

Coach K ’69 Wins 5th National Championship
4/7/2015

INDIANAPOLIS — It's John Wooden and Mike Coach K ’69 Wins 5th National Championship. Duke's Coach K won his fifth national championship Monday night with a 68-63 victory over Wisconsin. Only Wooden, who won an incredible 10 at UCLA, is above Krzyzewski on the list of champions. "Whenever you mention Coach Wooden, he's separate from everybody," Krzyzewski said.

When the buzzer sounded and No. 5 was official, Krzyzewski turned toward his bench with his hands high above his head. Then came the rush of assistant coaches — all former Duke players — for a group hug that included jumping up and down just like the players he led to a 35-4 record.

He didn't have to run around the court looking for someone to hug like Jim Valvano did in 1983 when North Carolina State shocked the college basketball world. Players ran toward Krzyzewski and one by one they got hugs, hard hugs, the kind of hugs men give each other after a hard-fought win that meant history. Full Story »

Hoang ’95, Joins Stimson Board of Directors
4/6/2015

The Stimson Center is pleased to announce to the Board of Directors: Francis Q. Hoang. “This new cohort of Stimson trustees reflects both continuity and change,” said Stimson President and CEO Ellen Laipson. Francis Hoang and Courtney Banks Spaeth are dynamic rising players in the private sector, with deep national security experience. We know that they will each bring valuable skills and wisdom to our board.”

Francis Q. Hoang currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer of Momentum Aviation Group (MAG) and as a Partner at Fluet Huber + Hoang (FH+H). Mr. Hoang has previously served as a law clerk to the Senate Judiciary Committee, clerked for Judge Thomas Griffith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and was appointed by President George W. Bush as an Associate White House Counsel and Special Assistant to the President in 2007. Read More

Caputo ’82 Appointed to Governmental Standards Board
4/2/2015

NORWALK, Conn.--The Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) announced the appointment of Brian W. Caputo, chief financial officer and city treasurer of the City of Aurora, Illinois, to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). “The Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome Brian to the GASB”

The GASB is the independent, private-sector organization that sets accounting and financial reporting standards for state and local governments in the United States. The FAF is the independent, private-sector organization responsible for the oversight of the GASB and its sister standard setter, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).

Serving the City of Aurora since 1998, Mr. Caputo is responsible for developing and overseeing the execution of the city’s $400 million annual budget, preparing the comprehensive annual financial report, and managing annual investment of public funds averaging $500 million.

Previously, as director of finance and treasurer of the Village of Mount Prospect, Illinois, he was responsible for all aspects of the village’s financial management. Prior to that, Mr. Caputo served as assistant finance director for the Village of LaGrange, Illinois. Read More

Father Paul Hurley ’84 Named Chief of Chaplains
4/2/2015

A priest from the Archdiocese of Boston has been named the 24th US Army chief of chaplains, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, said.

The Rev. Paul Hurley was promoted from colonel to major general after a US Senate voice vote Friday, the Archdiocese for the Military Services said in a statement.

“I am delighted that the Army Chaplain Corps will be led by Father Hurley, with whom I spent time last Holy Week in Afghanistan,” said Timothy Broglio, archbishop for the military services, in a statement. “He is both a fine priest and an excellent leader.”

Hurley serves as command chaplain for the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C.

He has previously worked with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the military archdiocese said. Read More

Porter ’81 Joins Korn Ferry
4/1/2015

LOS ANGELES--Korn Ferry, the preeminent authority on leadership and talent, announced that Ronald Porter has joined the firm’s Global Human Resources Center of Expertise. He will be based in Korn Ferry’s New York office. Mr. Porter joins Korn Ferry from a global search firm, where for the past nine years he has served top-tier clients across multiple industries and markets recruiting Chief Human Resource Officers and assisting CHRO’s in building out high performance organizations.

Previously, Mr. Porter served as Vice President of Diversity and Talent Management, and ultimately Vice President of Corporate Human Resources at Pepsico, Inc. After leaving Pepsico, Inc. Mr. Porter was Chief Human Resources Officer of Polaroid Corporation.

“Ron is an experienced professional who brings to Korn Ferry a deep understanding of the leadership and talent management issues impacting today’s global organizations,” said Doug Charles, President, Americas, Korn Ferry. “His hands on experience working closely with many of the top global brands, as well his ability to navigate the human resources challenges facing companies today, will be a great fit for our firm and the clients we serve.” Read More